If you have been following me for a while you will know that we go to Dublin quite a lot (around once a year), and it is actually the location where I first started my blog nearly 4 years ago. However, whenever I come I always want to write some blog posts and share my experiences with you reading this, and that is where by “Dublin Diaries’ series was born. It is basically a travel diary and my favourite things to do whilst I am in my favourite city.
This post is going to be Day 1 and 2, and then the next blog post I upload will be of days 3 and 4.
We flew to Dublin from Manchester, and it only took 40 minutes to fly. Its so simple! We were actually kindly gifted tickets to the VIP 1903 lounge at Manchester airport* for some Instagram content, which made the experience so much nicer. It was so cool in the lounge and made getting up at 5am a whole lot easier. We had an early flight, and we actually arrived in Dublin City centre by 10am, so we had to whole day to explore.
The day was spent exploring and shopping, mainly around the Grafton Street area. Grafton street is probably my favourite area of Dublin, as I really like the chilled vibe of the street. It doesn’t feel like a city at all, and thats exactly what I like about it. Plus I was in desperate need of a new pair of shoes, because the only ones that I brought decided to break on the plane!
One of my biggest highlights of the day is going to the Ice Cream Lab, which is about a 5 minute walk from Grafton Street, and a new addition to the Dublin diaries because they only opened back in July. They make the ice cream right in front of you, and the flavours are so unique. I tried the smores ice cream, which was chocolate ice cream with a toasted marshmallow topping. It was probably one of the best ice creams I have ever had, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin soon.
Trust me, there is a running theme in this Dublin diaries of eating!!
That evening we had a few drinks in a traditional Irish pub near our hotel, and then headed to Luigi Malones in Temple Bar. I always go to Luigi Malones when we are in Dublin, as it is without a doubt one of my favourite restaurants. Lots of alcohol, lots of good food and the best company was a perfect way to spend a Saturday night.
This was our first full day in Dublin, and it definitely did not disappoint. After waking up and having breakfast in the hotel, we headed over the river and near the main shopping areas of Dublin.
We basically spent the vast majority of the day wandering around the pretty Dublin streets, browsing the shops and exploring. Plus lots of coffee stops along the way! Honestly, I wish I could say that we did something more exciting but we were just having a very relaxing day with nothing much to do.
Instead of having a late night meal on Sunday, we instead opted to have an earlier meal as none of us were particular hungry. For some reason when I come into Dublin I always like to have some seafood chowder at a particular pub, so thats exactly what we did. I actually preferred eating earlier on and then chilling in the hotel, as I was so tired and was appreciative of the relaxing evening. I had a long soak in the bath in the lovely hotel, and had an early night.
So that was my first two days in Dublin, and the first post in my Dublin diaries series. I feel like this has been shorter than usual because the whole point of flying over to Dublin was to relax and refresh in the middle of the semester, so we haven’t done anything in particular. Im sure if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen all of these photos before! Thank you so much for reading this post, and I hope that you enjoy my travel content, I love posting it and I can’t wait to share more over the summer.
(*This post contains products that are gifted, however all opinions and photos are my own.)